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April 2016

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Cuckoo perched in tree

Cuckoo

Thursday 14th April was the first time a cuckoo was heard on Tonbridge Water Meadows. Did you hear one earlier? We'd be interested to know.

The map for the BTO's tagged cuckoos shows Vigilamus is the most northerly bird. He was the earliest tagged cuckoo ever to cross the Sahara in early April, having wintered in the Congo. He is now in southern France. Stanley, another tagged bird, is not far away in northern Spain. Check the BTO map for full details of these and the other six active cuckoos.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Summer arrivals

Summer arrivals

Chiffchaffs and swallows are now being heard and seen regularly on Tonbridge Water Meadows, along with peacock and small tortoiseshell butterflies.

According to the BTO migration blog there was a big arrival of firecrests along the south coast, with 101 counted at Dungeness, Kent on the 26 March. This local record tally was beaten just four days later with an amazing 120 firecrests on site. Wheatears, black redstarts, rock pipits, sedge warblers and willow warblers have all been seen over at Denge Marsh and a common tern.